Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

23 February 2007

Cameroon: Commonwealth Rallies Support For ELECAM

Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni yesterday granted three audiences at the Star Building.

The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Ephraim Inoni yesterday, February 22, in separate audiences received the Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Florence Mugasha, the outgoing Director of the US Peace Corps in Cameroon, Robert Strauss and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the aluminium exploiting company Hydromine, Peter L. Briger.

The Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Florence Mugasha, was at the end of her visit to Cameroon. She therefore came to brief the Prime Minister of her discussions on the progress of preparations for the 2007 Parliamentary and Municipal elections and the continuous dialogue on ways in which the Commonwealth and other international partners could continue to support the government's reform programme. In a press statement, Florence Mugasha, on behalf of the Commonwealth, welcomed the creation of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM). The Commonwealth delegation made some proposals to the government. Florence Mugasha stated that "the Commonwealth stands ready to assist ELECAM build up its capacity once it is established. We also call on Cameroon's friends and partners in the international community to do likewise".

Mr Robert Strauss of the US Peace Corps told journalists at the end of the audience that they reviewed the Peace Corps activities in Cameroon in the domains of computer literacy, health and agro-forestry. He disclosed that Cameroon is one of the three African countries in which the Peace Corps will inaugurate a new programme called "50 plus". This involves encouraging Peace Corps volunteers of 50 years and above to come and work in Cameroon. The programme consists in increasing the average age of volunteers in Cameroon so that people who come should have skills that are more relevant and demanded by the people of Cameroon. Mr Strauss said that Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni was grateful with the presence and work of the US Peace Corps in Cameroon.

Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni also received in audience Peter L. Briger, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the aluminium company, Hydromine. This company operates in the East Province. Hydromine's chairman came to brief the Prime Minister on its activities.

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